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walkabout

[wawk-uh-bout] /ˈwɔk əˌbaʊt/
noun
1.
Chiefly British.
  1. a walking tour.
  2. an informal public stroll taken by members of the royal family or by a political figure for the purpose of greeting and being seen by the public.
2.
Australian.
  1. a brief, informal leave from work, taken by an Aborigine to wander the bush, visit relatives, or return to native life.
  2. absence from work.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; noun use of verb phrase walk about
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  • Brain went on walkabout whilst performing a routine component change.
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British Dictionary definitions for walkabout

walkabout

/ˈwɔːkəˌbaʊt/
noun
1.
a periodic nomadic excursion into the Australian bush made by a native Australian
2.
a walking tour
3.
an occasion when celebrities, royalty, etc, walk among and meet the public
4.
(Austral) go walkabout
  1. to wander through the bush
  2. (informal) to be lost or misplaced
  3. (informal) to lose one's concentration
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Word Origin and History for walkabout
n.

"periodic migration by a westernized Aboriginal into the bush," 1828, Australian English, from walk (v.) + about.

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